Saturday, 31 August 2013

In this place, In this time

Exciting news!
My partner Sam is showcasing his most recent series of work; challenging the perception of time by recreating beautiful clocks. We've been living with these clocks for the past few months, and they have continued to surprise and delight with each passing minute and hour. There is something very beautiful and engaging about their rhythmic movement and sound, creating abstract patterns and lovely colour combinations.

His work can be seen at The Crypt Gallery in Euston, as part of a group exhibition titled "In This Place, In This Time".

My mum, Aki Moriuchi is another one of the 5 artists exhibiting their works in this unusual underground space. It will be her first exhibition since retiring from ceramics in 2007.

We will be there with our little boy tomorrow (Sunday) so please pop in and say Hi!

Monday, 26 August 2013

Oki superman!

We bought some pants for our little boy, to get him thinking about getting out of nappies. I couldn't help but have a cute attack, holding these tiny pair of boy pants in my hand at the supermarket!
He seemed really interested in this mysterious new item of clothing, putting his arms through the holes, trying it on his head. He couldn't seem to leave it alone. We explained that eventually you will wear it on your bottom instead of your nappy, so he insisted we put it on him, but over his trousers, like a toddler superman. He was very happy with his new outfit, and we had a right old giggle as he stepped out of our front door :D


Oki is bilingual. I'm amazed at how he is able to switch from one language to the other, translating words and sentences, sometimes without any prompting. It surprises me, especially when my Japanese is so muddled and full of hesitations and pauses. 

He has picked up quite a range of onomatopoeia and mimesis that is so rich in the Japanese language; words to describe the sound of falling rain, the movement of animals, the textures and shapes of plants...etc. I love this aspect of the Japanese language, and I hope Oki enjoys it too. 
He is also a great mimic, often repeating things I've said to him, and has even made the occasional pun! How does he do that??

It's fascinating stuff, seeing the very beginnings of language forming in a toddler, and developing day by day :)


I'm hoping to update my website soon. Maybe this little piece will appear in there somewhere...

Thursday, 15 August 2013

Oki's words

Oki is full of words these days.
He constantly surprises me with how much he remembers. The other day he said "duck billed platypus" when he saw a sticker of one we'd been playing with days ago. How can he remember such a sequence of words?
He is also good at repeating what we say, which can be very entertaining! Just before I put him to bed tonight, he said to me his new word of the day "dodgy punter". 
I said, "Yes, dodgy punter is sleepy too. Good night" He makes me laugh that little boy :D